July 20th isn’t just the day before my birthday. It’s also the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. And, this July 20th happens to be the fortieth anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s famous small steps.
Now, for those of us who were too young to experience that event in realtime the first time, there’s a new website that will recreate the whole thing virtually, using the best services that social media has to offer. There will be tweeting about the launch, widgets tracking it on Myspace and Facebook and even flash videos recreating it in real-time, all courtesy of the JFK Preisdential library and AOL (yes, they do still exist).
All in all, for an AstroCamp nerd like myself, it’s a world wide wet dream. Not to mention a fascinating experiment in terms of the power of storytelling via social media.
You can check the whole thing out at the We Chose The Moon website http://wechoosethemoon.org. And, you can follow Houston Mission Control: http://twitter.com/ap11_capcom, the Eagle Lunar Module: http://twitter.com/ap11_eagle and the Apollo 11 Spacecraft:http://twitter.com/ap11_spacecraft on Twitter.
I’ll see you at the launch. 10-4, over and out.